Primates Meeting 2016

January 15, 2016

Following the close of the Anglican Communion Primates meeting in Canterbury the Most Rev David Chillingworth, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church says:

“In advance of the Primates Meeting, there were many predictions of breakdown and of fracture in the life of the Anglican Communion. It is therefore encouraging that the Primates have agreed to ‘walk together’ and that a Task Group will be established to work on our ongoing relationships.

“However that unity has come at some cost to the ability of the Communion to express the diversity which has always been a valued characteristic of the Anglican Way. The consequences which follow the decision of The Episcopal Church (in the United States) to change its Canon on marriage are a sign of that change. The Scottish Episcopal Church sees itself as a diverse church in a diverse Communion. It is important to us that we seek to sustain our unity as we continue to address issues of human sexuality in our General Synod.

“Further consideration will be given to these matters by our Faith and Order Board and by the College of Bishops.”